Title: What Is Left the Daughter
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, U.S.A.
Publication Date: 2010
Book Condition: As New
Dust Jacket Condition: As New
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
Edition: 1st Edition
1st edition/1st printing in as new, unread condition. Signed by the author on the title page. No condition problems. Mylar covered. Bookseller Inventory # 000321
Synopsis: On Oprah's Summer Reading List for 2010
Howard Norman, widely regarded as one of this country's finest novelists, returns to the mesmerizing fictional terrain of his major books -- The Bird Artist, The Museum Guard, and The Haunting of L -- in this erotically charged and morally complex story set during WWII.
Orphaned by the sudden suicides of both his parents (who discovered they were in love with the same woman), seventeen-year-old Wyatt Hillyer is taken in by his aunt and uncle in the small town of Middle Economy, Novia Scotia, where he is apprenticed to his uncle's toboggan business and falls in love with his ravishing adopted cousin, Tilda. Setting in motion the novel's chain of life-altering passions is the arrival of German student Hans Mohring, carrying only a satchel. Actual historical incidents, including a German U-boat's sinking of the Nova Scotia-Newfoundland ferry Caribou, lend intense narrative power to Norman's uncannily layered story of wartime perfidy and prejudice. Tilda's feelings for Hans stir up tensions that will test the bonds of love, family, and community to its limits.
Wyatt's personal account of the astonishing events leading up to his fathering of a beloved daughter spills out twenty-one years later. It's a confession that speaks profoundly of the mysteries of human character in wartime and is directed, with both despair and hope, to an audience of one. An utterly stirring novel, this is Howard Norman at his celebrated best.
Howard Norman, widely regarded as one of this country?s finest novelists, returns to the mesmerizing fictional terrain of his major books?The Bird Artist, The Museum Guard, and The Haunting of L?in this erotically charged and morally complex story.
Seventeen-year-old Wyatt Hillyer is suddenly orphaned when his parents, within hours of each other, jump off two different bridges?the result of their separate involvements with the same compelling neighbor, a Halifax switchboard operator and aspiring actress. The suicides cause Wyatt to move to small-town Middle Economy to live with his uncle, aunt, and ravishing cousin Tilda.
Setting in motion the novel?s chain of life-altering passions and the wartime perfidy at its core is the arrival of the German student Hans Mohring, carrying only a satchel. Actual historical incidents?including a German U-boat?s sinking of the Nova Scotia?Newfoundland ferry Caribou, on which Aunt Constance Hillyer might or might not be traveling?lend intense narrative power to Norman?s uncannily layered story.
Wyatt?s account of the astonishing?not least to him? events leading up to his fathering of a beloved daughter spills out twenty-one years later. It?s a confession that speaks profoundly of the mysteries of human character in wartime and is directed, with both despair and hope, to an audience of one.
An utterly stirring novel. This is Howard Norman at his celebrated best.
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